I started carving our pumpkin when Kent left to run an errand.
Kent doesn't like carving pumpkins.
Nicholas was mildly interested for about 32 seconds.
Then he and Ellie watched a Baby Einstein movie while I cleaned it all out and prepped the pumpkin.
Kent came home.
We explained that we were going to carve a face onto the pumpkin,
and suddenly, carving a pumpkin was an
He loved that pumpkin so much he wouldn't let me put it on the porch. We kept it on the kitchen table all day.
As for trick-or-treating,
Nicholas fell asleep at 5 pm on Halloween. We woke him up but he was Grumpy.
It took us an hour and a half to convince him to go trick-or-treating,
but he was never going to get that zebra costume on.
Once we were out, though, and he realized that he could go door-to-door and get candy,
he was bouncing from house to house, knocking on the doors,
saying "Trick or Treat! Trick or Treat! Trick or Treat!" three times each time in his adorable little-boy voice.
When anyone would ask him why he wasn't wearing a costume he'd say
"I'm just a Trick-or-Treater. I'm not wearing a costume."
Ellie, however, was more than happy to don her costume.
I gave her a piece of chocolate to hold when she started to get antsy--
by the end of the block I noticed she had bitten through the wrapper and eaten the whole piece.
We had a happy little halloween!